Pershing/Prairie Gem Schoolhouse - Elk Falls, KS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 37° 22.415 W 096° 11.678
14S E 748410 N 4140009
Quick Description: The Prairie - Gem School is a museum now and houses the outhouse collections ~ An outrageously “moving” experience!
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 3/11/2015 8:59:27 AM
Waymark Code: WMNGBA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Thot
Views: 1

Long Description:

County of school: Elk County
location of school: 10th St. & Montgomery St., Elk Falls
Plaque erected by: friends of Elk Falls
Marker erected: 2002

"An ongoing project of the Friends of Elk Falls, it functions as a local history museum. Open during the Fall Open House weekend (Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving)." ~ Rural Kansas Tourism

The lifetime collection of Maryland's outhouse expert, Homer Allison. Donated to the Friends of Elk Falls in 2009, currently housed in the Pershing/Prairie Gem Schoolhouse.

One of 14 working outhouse in town. The city built two for the city park, the telephone company has one and the post office has one, etc...when the town shrank so fast no "flush" type reilef was built because the money flow was slow and the other flow would grow.
This was turned into an annual fun fest called The Great Outhouse Tour & Contest and sometimes draws over 1,00 people to vote and visit.

Why Is This Privy Here?:
Moved from original site 2 miles west of town, and brought with the school house it belongs to...can't have the visitors holding it all the time.

I stopped by this small town (pop under 100) and found out it once was a great place (county seat pop over 10,000) and not its clam to fame is the great outhouse tour. The school and its outhouse was moved to the grounds of the former High School, where only the gym remains.

If No Picture of Inside Explain Here:
this one I have and inside track view of the business end of .....well this is a family site

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